Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 17 years old (and in some cases if you are 16) although you cannot vote until you are 18; and
  • a UK citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK or an EU citizen resident in the UK.

For details of eligible nationalities, please refer to the guidance here.

Citizens of the European Union (who are not Irish or Commonwealth citizens) can vote in Local Council, Police & Crime Commissioner and European Parliament elections but they cannot vote in UK general elections. 

If you are a British citizen living overseas (and you satisfy certain conditions), you can register to vote in UK general elections and European Parliament elections but not in Local Council and Police & Crime Commissioner elections.

If you have no fixed address, you should complete this form and return it to Electoral Services.

There are separate registration services for public servants who are likely to be posted overseas: